MA in Archaeology

University of Groningen

Program Description

MA in Archaeology

University of Groningen

University of Groningen

Do you want to follow an excellent, new, international, fully English-speaking Master course?

You can choose between the Master's track in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology and the Master's track in Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe. Both Master's tracks include different specializations: a specialization with the name of the track, a specialization in Bioarchaeology and Maritime Archeology, while a third specialization, Arctic Archaeology can be followed under the track Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwestern Europe. All tracks and specializations will teach you to tackle archaeological problems in a scientific way.

In the first semester, you will be introduced to the archaeological practice and its multidisciplinary character. You will discuss the role of archaeology in contemporary society and explore the relation between archaeology and politics. You will strengthen your knowledge of archaeological theories that are used in collecting and interpreting data. In addition, you will carry out research in an excavation project. If you choose the track Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, you will work on a project in Greece, Italy, Turkey or Egypt. Does your preference go to Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwestern Europe, then you will carry out your research at a site in that region, or in the Arctic.

In the second semester, you have to do an internship. Finally, you will finish your degree with a thesis.

Programme options

Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology (track)

Why were some people buried with gifts when others were not? In this track, you will learn to find the answer to this and other puzzles of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology.

This track in Classic and Mediterranean Archaeology, as part of the Master's degree in Archaeology, will teach you to tackle archaeological problems in a scientific way.

In the first semester, you will be introduced to the archaeological practice and its multidisciplinary character. You will strengthen your knowledge of archaeological theories that are used in collecting and interpreting data. You will also do a literature study on a topic that is part of the research of one of your professors. In addition, you will carry out research in an excavation project in Greece or Italy.

In the second semester, you will conduct research in preparation of your thesis. It is possible to do this as an internship. Finally, you will finish your degree with a thesis.

Prehistory and Protohistory (track)

How can you infer from seeds or bones why people settled in a certain area? In this track, you will learn to find the answer to this and other puzzles of the archaeology of north-western Europe.

This track is part of the Master's degree in Archaeology and will teach you to tackle archaeological problems in a scientific way.

In the first semester, you will be introduced to the archaeological practice and its multidisciplinary character. You will strengthen your knowledge of archaeological theories that are used in collecting and interpreting data. In the courses on Wetland Archaeology, you will investigate the choice of location for all sorts of human activity. In addition, you will carry out research in an excavation project on a site in north-western Europe.

In the second semester, you will conduct research in preparation of your thesis. It is possible to do this as an internship. Finally, you will finish your degree with a thesis.

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Programme schedule

University of Groningen

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
language test Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2017-2018 €2006 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2017-2018 €11400 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 15 October 2017, 01 May 2018 01 February 2018, 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 15 October 2017, 01 May 2018 01 February 2018, 01 September 2018

Job prospects

Thanks to the Valetta Treaty on Archaeology, the job market in the Netherlands has been strong. These opportunities have now decreased, leading to a more diverse job market, within government and semi-government agencies, tourism, journalism and private enterprises. Archaeology is traditionally strong in obtaining grants for research projects, especially Ph.D. projects.

Job examples

  • Commercial archaeological firms
  • Free-lance specialist
  • Musea
  • State archaeological service
  • Research institutes
  • Cultural institutes
  • PhD research

Research

The BA and MA programmes are strongly tied to the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA), which comprises the archaeological research of the University of Groningen. GIA research is focused on:
  • Prehistoric, protohistoric and historical archaeology in the Netherlands, the Mediterranean and the Arctics.
  • Bioarchaeology: archaeobotany and archaeozoology
  • Material culture studies, including conservation
  • Landscape archaeology, including GIS-based studies

Why Groningen?

  • flexible structure
  • all courses are taught in English
  • attention to both theory and practice
  • large international research projects in Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq
  • unique archaeobotanical and archaeozoological reference collections
  • GIS and Material Culture laboratories
  • close connections with Ancient History, Classics and Religious Studies
  • close connections with Centre for Isotopes Research and Biology
  • very low tuition fees
  • a student friendly city

Study support

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example, study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor. In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 5, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2018
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
12 months
Full time
Price
Price
11,400 EUR
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Deadline
Oct. 15, 2017
Locations
Netherlands - Groningen
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Netherlands - Leeuwarden
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Dates
Feb. 2018
Netherlands - Groningen
Application deadline Oct. 15, 2017
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Netherlands - Leeuwarden
Application deadline Oct. 15, 2017
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Sept. 2018
Netherlands - Groningen
Application deadline May 1, 2018
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Netherlands - Leeuwarden
Application deadline May 1, 2018
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Price
non-EU/EEA fees